How to shop locally for the holidays
Expand the horizons of your holiday shopping and buy from local businesses here in Tampa!
December 10, 2020
The holidays are just around the corner and everyone will soon begin their scramble to buy presents for family and friends. Now, it could be easy to take a quick trip to Target or the mall and get your presents there. But, where’s the fun in that? Large corporations may have the name-brand item you’re looking for, which is fine, but this holiday season buy from your local boutiques!
Local boutiques offer all sorts of little trinkets and other ideas for cute gifts for your friends and families this holiday season. Here are some of a few local places to shop:
Crème De La Crème
This cutesy little gift shop is located in the heart of South Tampa. They offer items like bath and beauty products, home accessories (candles, picture frames, things for the kitchen, etc.), and a variety of items for kids (toys, clothes) Those are just the simple basis of what’s in stock. Their products can match any occasion, so Christmas shopping should be a breeze. Even if you don’t know what to get, they offer gift cards to buy, so you can check out the store itself.
Instagram – @cremedelacremetampa
Website – cutestgiftshop.com
Hazel + Dot
Hazel + Dot is a little boutique with locally made goods and offers a wide variety of products perfect for gifts. Their Instagram is a prefect reflection of their products: bright, aesthetic and colorful. They sell clothes, accessories, decorations for different holidays, mugs, bags, pillows, etc. That’s just scratching the surface! Their products are perfect gifts for anyone of any age! (Little aside, at the time of being wrote, Hazel + Dot’s website is under construction and to see more options of what they sell, you need to go over to their Instagram or go to their physical store.)
Instagram – @hazelanddot
Website – www.hazelanddot.com
If you’re shopping for a young boy, husband or your family and friends are outdoorsmen, this store is for you. Salty Pines sells hats and different clothes that are a comfort for the outdoors! How could you forget the different items you need to explore the great wide world? They also sell coolers and different tools for the outdoors (like knives, crab cutters, towels, etc.)
Website – www.saltpines.com
Fig and Julep
This tasting room offers a large selection of gourmet food for sampling and purchasing. Located in Hyde Park, just taking someone here is an experience because of all the types of food you can sample around the world (olives, French mustards, pastas and sauces, and specialty cheeses are just some of the few foods) For any foodie, a gift from this place would be heaven.
Website – hydeparkvillage.com/tenants/fig-julep/
Junior League Holiday Gift Market
Junior League of Tampa has hosted a holiday market yearly on the State Fairgrounds. Yet, due to the pandemic, it wasn’t wise to have a marketplace where many people could gather and continue spreading the virus. Going virtual this year, the marketplace sells all sorts of things from clothes, children’s items, jewelry, and even food! Profits go straight to the local businesses participating and the net profit goes back to the Junior League to fund their other projects. The marketplace is only open till Dec. 13th and you need to buy a ticket to have access to the website to shop, but it is worth it.
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